Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• The American Medical Association (AMA), in partnership with the professional services firm Manatt Health, published a framework this week aimed at examining the benefits generated by virtual care. Understanding the value of virtual care is vital to inform decision making that facilitates the shift to digitally enabled care models that blend the best features of in-person care with those of virtual care. Read More
• Three years after the AMA and other health organizations released a consensus statement urging reform, prior authorization still remains a major obstacle to achieving optimal patient care. Nearly 90 percent of surveyed physicians reported that prior authorization interferes with the continuity of care and that roadblocks can lead to delays in critical procedures and can extend the time patients have to wait to receive necessary prescriptions. Read More
• Patients are increasingly bringing consumer expectations to their health care interactions, looking for transparency and payment flexibility. Providers, meanwhile, are looking for ways to make these types of experiences a reality. Among other strategies, it’s important to integrate payment and cost discussions throughout the patient journey. Read More
• The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) this week launched a new initiative to plot out interoperability goals to drive the industry forward. Through its Health Interoperability Outcomes 2030 project, ONC plans to publish a prioritized set of "aspirational and achievable" interoperability goals that align with the federal health IT strategic plan. Read More
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